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- In the rolling hills of eastern Catawba County, Murray’s Mill is located where it was nearly a century ago: on the banks of Balls Creek.
John Murray built the mill in 1913. His father, William, had operated a mill on the site since 1883. In 1906, William deeded the property to his sons, John and Ollie. In 1907, John Murray acquired a 5/6 interest from his brother Ollie, who would take over the operation of the family general store. In 1913, John replaced his father’s mill with the current two-story structure, adding a 22’ overshot waterwheel to replace the former turbine. In 1938, John’s son, Lloyd, raised the dam six feet and installed the 28’ waterwheel (it’s said that William’s original wooden dam stands beneath the surface of the present pond).
Three generations of the Murray Family operated the mill before bureaucratic red tape and increasing taxes forced Lloyd Murray, John’s son, to close its doors in 1967. The mill was the last one in the Catawba County, so the Catawba County Historical Association (CCHA) worked to restore it. Preservation efforts started in 1980. When they were complete, the CCHA in 1986 held an opening ceremony that attracted such notables as North Carolina Governor James G. Martin.
Murray’s Mill is now a National Register Historic Site and open to the public. There, visitors will find William’s original, one-ton French buhr millstones, for grinding corn, as well as a Eureka roller mill that John installed for grinding wheat into flour. All of the mill’s storage bins, each partitioned by tongue and groove sheathing, have been preserved, too. Murray’s Mill is a short drive from Interstate 40. Visit the old country store located across the road & step back into the 1800s. It's amazing how well preserved this store is & a reminder of what was!Written June 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Wanted to do some kayaking while we were visiting friends in Statesville. Website says to call and make reservations, but we called first thing in the morning when they opened and were able to get in whenever we wanted. Frank was super nice and was very knowledgeable about the area. Can choose either going on Lake Norman or the Catawba River. We only did Lake Norman, but we will be back to do the river.Written June 20, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Oh my word if I had seen the previous reviews I would have hesitated to rent from them. But I'm glad I did not, because we had the best experience on Lake Norman thanks to the rental of their StarCraft boat. Their staff was friendly and professional and helped with the waivers and the IDs from six adults who couldnt all be there at drop off time. We watched a video to make sure we knew what we were doing which would be expected on a boat which can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. We are experienced voters but had never been on Lake Norman and loved every minute of it. Two of our grown sons and families joined us and it was a precious weekendWritten May 31, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.